During the day, CropSharers harvested (and juggled) quite a few potatoes. These will go in the farm store and last into early winter.
Farmer Paul uses the lifter on the tractor to earth up potatoes, then its up to the Cropsharers to find them and bag them up.
Quite a harvest!
We also looked after the leeks by giving them a good weeding.
Then it was time to fire up the BBQ and rocket stoves and get stuck into some party activities!
BBQ is ON!
CropShare volunteer Iain, who works for the local Wildlife Trust, took party goers on a magical mystery farm tour, taking in the sights and sounds of the farm’s wildlife. See his post last year on the farm’s plentiful birdlife. Thanks Iain!
Vicky was able to help party goers spin some wool from the Farmer Paul’s sheep.
Spinning wheel, and a fleece waiting to be spun
Axel cards some wool to get it ready for spinning
Learning how to spin
And thanks to the flour mill borrowed from the Hornbeam Centre, we were able to grind some of the Fen End Farm wheat.
Ella gets stuck into grinding flour!
The small flour mill
We also had a pile of stooks from our rye field that all the kids (erm, me included) loved jumping around in.
Playing in the stook den
Local band Allotment then played us a solar powered set- all amps powered by the farm’s solar panels! They rocked it- thanks guys. So suited to CropShare- songs about vegetables and growing crops went down a treat.
Allotment in full swing
Simon of Allotment with his hurdy gurdy!
Enjoying the band
Then it was time to start up the bonfire…
Thanks for the fire dance Farmer Paul 😉
Thanks to CropShare volunteer Jacky who cooked up some Bannock bread for us when the flames got roaring.
Bannock bread is happening now
Plenty more juggling and tricks when the sun went down…
They said it couldn’t be done
Then we enjoyed many many campfire songs. Thanks to our musical chums Anna, Daniel and Jessie!
And finally, thanks so much to Ben, Reggie and Axel for the great photos!